Massacres climb to 6 in Colombia so far this year

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BOGOTA, Jan 25 (NNN-TELESUR) — Colombia’s National Police Director Jorge Vargas confirmed another massacre in the Cauca department where four young people were killed and three others were injured.

Unidentified armed men opened fire against a group of people aged between 17 and 18 years old in the Buga municipality. 

Condemning the event, the NGO Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (INDEPAZ) noted that massacres climbed to 6 so far this year. 

On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) demanded President Ivan Duque’s administration to better address the increasing violence in the country as 252 ex-combatants and 378 social leaders and human rights activists have been killed since the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016. 

The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNMC) head Carlos Ruiz highlighted that such violence constituted “the greatest threat” to the peacebuilding process while calling for effective improvements on rural reforms, political participation, and reintegration of ex-combatants. 

In 2020, over 28,500 Colombians were forced to displace from their homes due to violence while 383 people died in 91 massacres in the country. — NNN-TELESUR